Dem Senator Deals Blow To Joe Biden, Says Democrats Do Not Have Votes For Assault Weapons Ban

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., gave President Joe Biden some bad news about the lame-duck session in Congress. Biden is trying to ram through an assault weapons ban before the next Congress, but he does not have the votes according to Murphy.

“I’m glad that President Biden is gonna be pushing us to take a vote on an assault weapons ban,” Murphy said on CNN. “The House has already passed it. It’s sitting in front of the Senate. Does it have 60 votes in the Senate right now? Probably not, but let’s see if we can try to get that number is close to 60 as possible.”

“If we don’t have the votes, then we’ll talk to [Senate Majority Leader Chuck] Schumer and maybe come back next year, with maybe an additional senator, and see if we can do better,” he added.

Biden said recently:

“Gun violence continues to have a devastating and particular impact on LGBTQI+ communities across our nation and threats of violence are increasing. 

“We saw it six years ago in Orlando, when our nation suffered the deadliest attack affecting the LGBTQI+ community in American history,” Biden wrote in response to the attack.

“We must address the public health epidemic of gun violence in all of its forms. 

“Earlier this year, I signed the most significant gun safety law in nearly three decades, in addition to taking other historic actions. 

“But we must do more. We need to enact an assault weapons ban to get weapons of war off America’s streets.

“The idea that we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. 

“Just sick.

“I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons.”